Art Snacks February 2017 Subscription Box Review

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Art Snacks gives any artist a reason to stock up their supply every month, for only $20 per month. Every box contains 4 to 5 unique, high-quality art supplies curated by professional artists. You’ll also get tips and tricks from experts each month. Shipping is free to the US, $10 for other countries.

Everything is packed tight! The Art Snacks box is a fun assemblage of thoughtfully selected art supplies as well as a few snacks to nourish you along on your creative endeavors. This box gets a huge ‘thumbs up’ from me and I’ll explain why below!

All the goodies this month!

The information card, which can also be a bookmark, gives you a list of all the items included in the box, plus a brief description. I have to give a shout out to the ArtSnacks info card. It is probably one of the most concise and yet informative info cards I’ve run across. From their monthly art related joke to indicating which item is a staff favorite, and news about the company, this little thing packs it all in with a very readable and clean layout. Little things make the difference!

There’s also a challenge to make an original artwork using all the products in this box.

Sweethearts Candies. Consistent with this month’s theme, our treat was a snack pack of Sweethearts brand message hearts.  Relive your grade school days while you create superb art!

Pentalic Drawing Set ($6.99). Art Snacks subscribers got another chance to test out something before it hit the public!

This highly versatile sketching set features the best of all worlds by featuring smooth charcoal pencils, regular  sketching pencils (HB, 2B, 6B) as well as a white pastel pencil for highlights.

This set offers an easy all in one for the artist on the go.

I found the pencils to be smooth, especially the charcoal, and they  produced rich lines and texture.

I had a hard time getting a strong line with the white pastel pencil when I tried to draw eyes on my soot ball, but I feel that this pencil would do well for building in highlights as well as make a sharp impression on toned paper.

Stabilo Pen 68 ($1.35 each). Like last month’s Stabilo pens, these are a staple for a quality pen that will not only perform well, but  will last for a long time. The tips on these pens lent a whole new dynamic from the needle thin tip we  reviewed before; these pens had a bullet nib and laid down a thicker, consistent line.

I found them to be  smooth, with an ink flow that never skipped a beat while remaining rich and colorful. Perfect for  whatever you need, these Stabilos are another great addition!

Krink K-70 Permanent Ink Marker ($9, $11.04 on Amazon). This was a fun marker to play with! KRINK offers this upgraded model of their marker and it couldn’t be nicer. The nib has two tips – a bullet tip as well as a chisel – and it is easily swapped by simply pulling the  tip out.

ZIG Clean Color FB ($5.56). ZIG brushes are well known and loved for a very good reason! The variety of colors and their ability to blend with each other as well as with water make them an extremely versatile marker for artists. This  version of ZIG marker is new to the line and features a firmer fiber brush nib.

The Krink marker’s ink flow was wonderful and rich, and the bullet tip was extremely responsive and able to produce a variety of expression.

Our Zig marker color was #002, or  Carmine Red.

This pen pairs well with a  water brush and that is what I used, as well as my other ZIG real brush markers. The firm nib on the FB  lends another wonderful dynamic to an already outstanding line of brushes.

Art Snacks’ shop is now open! Go there to find everything you need for your artistic endeavors – from sketchbooks to past boxes!

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